Film Archive

Shoulder the Lion

Documentary Film
Ireland,
Poland,
USA
2015
74 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Erinnisse Rebisz, Patryk Rebisz
Erinnisse Rebisz, Patryk Rebisz
Graham Sharpe, Colin Stetson, The Eskies
Patryk Rebisz
Erinnisse Rebisz
Keller McDivitt
Humans can close their eyes but never their auditory canal. This simple fact signals the end of musician Graham’s career: an incessant pathological noise has invaded his head. Alice, the photographer, goes blind because of a retina disease. And Katie, the third protagonist in this astonishing film about the human spirit’s power of resistance, is beaten into a coma in her first professional boxing match, from which she awakes weeks later without a memory (adapted for the screen in “Million Dollar Baby”). Reset!

A powerful visual journey into the interior worlds of people forced to cope with extreme loss of senses. The co-directors Erinnisse and Patryk Rebisz rely on visually stylised depictions of the senses to give every drama its corresponding imagery. Blind Alice continues to work with the camera, the memory chip of her brain supplying experiential values for the new photos. In contrast, the ex-boxer’s brain keeps producing new, unfamiliar images that ultimately lead her to painting. And Graham, whose band was his life, re-invents himself, though without expectations, as the stage manager of a music festival. This boldly narrated and visually unusual film concludes in admiration for our species’ ability to transform personal crises into insights and new beginnings – at least sometimes.

Matthias Heeder

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Where Is Eva Hipsey?

Animated Film
Ireland
2016
8 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Nicky Gogan (Still Films)
Orla McHardy
Justin Spooner
Orla McHardy
Orla McHardy
Orla McHardy, Allison Zigadlo, Micah Weber, Moaz Elemam
Justin Spooner
Justin Spooner
An elderly lady pursues her audiophile obsessions. When she is absent she records the sound of her house to listen to it later. A life of accidental and environmental sounds, collected on countless C60 cassettes. Orla McHardy’s poetic collage portrait of negative film, photos, dried flowers, animation sequences and sounds not only has a big heart for Eva Hipsey. It also reveals a passion for amateur recordings and their flaws, which keep generating secrets.

André Eckardt

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.